Advance decision (living Will)

This differs from an advanced care plan as it can be used to refuse medical treatments, including lifesaving medicines.

You can refuse cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), air way support (ventilation), artificial feeding or antibiotics delivered using a drip. You cannot decline basic nursing care such as washing, and dressing and you must be clear about the situations to which your decision applies.

A doctor can help explain treatments to you and make sure your decisions are recorded correctly. There is no official template for this, as long as the decisions are recorded clearly and signed by yourself and witness the document becomes legally binding and will be followed by your medical team.

Therefore, it is important to make sure that those involved in your care and close family and friends have a copy. You can visit to generate an advance decision. If you are using the decision to refuse treatment, it will need to be signed at witnessed.

The paperwork can be downloaded and printed or filled out online.